I work on PCs a lot on the side, and I constantly try to obtain knowledge to make me a better technician. Up until a couple months ago, anytime the software under my disposal didn't properly remove malicious software I would say that it was impossible, and recommend a data backup and reformat the system. While this does solve the issue, I want to become better at removing those nasty viruses such as smitfraud and virtumonde. This is what I currently do: -Turn off system restore -Delete cookies -Remove any suspicious looking programs -Run PC tools registry mechanic -Run spybot S&D (Safe mode)-If unable to remove all allow it to reboot. -Run PC tools spyware doctor(Safe mode) -Run AVG antivirus (safe mode) -Hijack this- remove anything suspicious looking using pacmans startup list -Run Registry Mechanic again -Turn on system restore In special occasions I'll use tools like Virtumondebegone or smitfraud fix but they don't get all variants of the virus. So what I'd like to know most is, how do you guys decipher those combofix and hijack this logs and know exactly what to remove? Are there other lists out there like pacmans startup list or is this something you learn through experience? Thanks to anyone who takes the time to school me on some malware removal.